Definition of white knight in English:

white knight


  • 1A person or thing that comes to someone's aid.

    • ‘Like nurses they are white knights in a society over-dominated by people obsessed purely with their own needs.’
    • ‘Certainly, it rubs a little of the shine off the halo Democrats have built around him; Rubin the white knight turns out to like to pressure the government in his own interest, just like everyone else.’
    • ‘The novel's hero, Justin Quayle, becomes ever more the white knight, superb and incorruptible in his quest.’
    • ‘Press coverage portrayed him as the white knight coming to the aid of the millions of people at risk of being denied medical treatment.’
    • ‘Hailed as the clichéd white knight riding in on his trusted steed - in this instance a shiny sports convertible - Batchelor was hero-worshipped by the fans, not only for saving the club but his openness as well.’
    • ‘Of course, when you are a blonde bombshell, there are bound to be white knights coming out of the old-world woodwork.’
    • ‘Recently, a white knight rode in to rescue the damsel in distress.’
    • ‘The tenants believed that Delgadillo was the white knight who would step in and save them from evictions.’
    • ‘A Serbian woman who spent more than a year hiding from authorities in a church basement came face to face Sunday with the man her supporters hope will be her white knight.’
    • ‘We want that Mr. Right to come in our lives on a white knight as much as that's not politically correct nowadays.’
    • ‘I too recall when Kerry rode into Washington as the white knight of the peace movement.’
    • ‘The trick we have to do is live up to the image of the white knight in shining armor.’
    • ‘Then Steve Archibald, the former Barcelona and Scotland striker, came over the horizon as a white knight.’
    • ‘Meanwhile France, the white knight of peace and conscience of Europe, has only very recently ceased its overt efforts at trying to protect the Sudanese government.’
    • ‘Deliver us a white knight, a true and brave soul who can rid us of scoundrels, scalawags and in-it-for-themselves special interests.’
    • ‘I do not say the FSA is always right, and I long ago ceased to see it as a shining white knight rushing to the public's rescue.’
    • ‘Eventually it found its white knight in the Manchester-based developer Urban Splash.’
    • ‘Many see Kerry Group boss Denis Brosnan as a white knight who will come to the rescue of Irish agribusiness.’
    • ‘The only thing that gives it resonance is Brandon de Wilde as the little boy who follows the white knight on his rounds, entranced, and who then calls after him when his work is done and he rides off into the landscape.’
    • ‘We are pleading with people, this is really the last chance now and we need a white knight in shining armour to ride in and save us.’
    1. 1.1A person or company making an acceptable counter-offer for a company facing a hostile takeover bid.
      ‘the company was sold off to a white knight to fend off a hostile raider’
      • ‘Amegy, so the story goes, sought a white knight in Zions Bancorporation of Salt Lake City, whose chairman has known Johnson for years.’
      • ‘So far, no white knight has emerged to rescue Le Monde.’
      • ‘No white knight arrived for inViso (Sunnyvale, CA) in the fall of 2001, however, as it also ran out of money in the absence of customer orders and had to close its doors.’
      • ‘Britain's biggest bank, HSBC, is being pressed to act as a white knight by Abbey shareholders unhappy at the £8 billion takeover by Banco Santander Central Hispano of Spain.’
      • ‘So the white knight that Southcorp's chairman Brian Finn and the markets are anticipating may not arrive.’
      • ‘Some bankers expect that, as more hedge funds turn hostile, the more nurturing private-equity firms will present themselves as white knights ready to ride to the rescue of the hedgers' targets.’
      • ‘Disney could look for a potential white knight to rescue it from unwanted bidders and up the ante for Comcast.’
      • ‘‘Basically Microsoft is going to use the legal system to shut down open source software, and for all of its cleverness, the GPL makes it fairly easy unless a white knight steps in,’ wrote Campbell.’
      • ‘In 1994, Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal acted as Euro Disney's white knight, taking an almost 25 per cent stake in the company to avert a financial crisis.’
      • ‘But with the search for a white knight investor unlikely to be successful, the directors of Ansett met yesterday to formulate their response to the crisis.’
      • ‘Probably not, but don't expect the market power argument to get a run in the face of patriotic fervour surrounding our Aussie white knight fending off the dodgy Swiss raiders.’
      • ‘The French government itself, however, could already have made the white knight idea a difficult proposition for Aventis.’
      • ‘The OS vendor is certainly looking for a buyer or a white knight.’
      • ‘Sheehy is certainly keen to portray himself as the white knight who has moved in to the investment trust sector to clear out the dead wood and help initiate a new era of transparency for investors.’
      • ‘He stepped into a takeover battle as a white knight and emerged as majority owner of an old and underperforming mine in Ontario.’
      • ‘White Knight - Always representing the ‘good guy’, a white knight gallops in when a black knight is making a hostile takeover attempt.’
      • ‘Irish credit card customers must often wish that some white knight such as Bank of Scotland or Northern Rock would come to their rescue and slash rates from almost 20 per cent to closer to 10 per cent.’
      • ‘But it's also likely that AT&T shareholders are not expecting a white knight to ride in and outbid Comcast.’
      • ‘Some politicians have even talked about Volare as a white knight to save the larger carrier.’
      • ‘A potential acquirer who outbids a white knight in an unfriendly takeover attempt.’


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